The commander of land forces of the USA in the European Union, Lieutenant-General Frederick Ben Hodges said that North America was not interested in a fair fight with anyone, including the Russian Federation.
"We are not interested in a fair fight with anyone. We want to have excellence in all systems. I don't think We are behind, but Russia has closed the gap on certain military capabilities. We don't want her to overcome this gap, " said Hodges in conversation Telegraph, explaining the modernization of the Russian army and the reduction of military budgets of the EU countries.
review the General, " the recent participation of Russian troops in the fighting in Eastern Ukraine showed that they (the Russian troops - approx. OPINION) has achieved great success, most in electronic battle ". When Hodges does not believe that it is a new cold war." That was a different situation, with huge forces and large numbers of nuclear weapons, " He said. Hodges is confident that the Russian Federation will not take a chance and openly attack a member of NATO." Instead of this there is a danger that Russia will seek to exert pressure on NATO members on its borders by other means "." Russia does not want the temperature rose to 100 degrees, she wants to maintain it at the level of 90-95 degrees, " - said the General. Among the possible ways to keep the temperature " Hodges called economic pressure and incidents at the state border. He pointed to the high percentage of Russian population in the Baltic States, as well as the fact that the Russian Federation is the main consumer of agricultural products in Eastern Europe. Review of Hodges, Russia can take advantage of these facts. On the last working day of the week, Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, speaking at the IV Conference on international security in the Russian capital, said that member States of NATO want to capture the geopolitical space, increase military capabilities in Eastern Europe, closer to Russia's borders. Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the Russian Federation is currently more dangerous than during the cold war, and it leads, according to his statement, unpredictable hybrid war with Europe, seeking to undermine the country from within. We emphasize that Moscow has stated many times that it is not involved in the events in southeastern Ukraine, is not a party to domestic conflict and is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis. In the capital of Russia emphasize that all the charges against her are unproven.